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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Michelle Trager, ACNP-BC

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate, Hematology-Oncology Division
University of Washington School of Medicine
Nurse Practitioner, Hematology-Oncology
UW Medicine
“The genuine caring nature of the staff at SCCA is one of a kind.”
— Michelle
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had an impact on you.

I once cared for a 19-year-old who had lymphoma that was non-curative. Toward the end of his life, his community rallied around him in a way I’d never seen before. There were more than 50 adults and teenagers in the hospital at all times, taking turns going into his room, sharing stories, shedding tears and toasting him with apple cider. Seeing the love they shared so freely with this boy was one of the most heart-wrenching and heartwarming experiences I have ever had. That memory reminds me of what makes oncology special to me: not only the meaningful relationships I develop with patients but also the opportunity to bear witness to the deep bonds between patients and their loved ones.

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How do you like to work with patients?

I am exceptionally straightforward and transparent in my communication with you, whether I’m sharing good news or more serious news. I take the time to learn who you are outside of your disease — what hobbies you enjoy, who your family and friends are, what makes you smile — in order to build a relationship that is not only about the medicine but you as a person. It’s so rewarding to be able to walk patients and families through what is often one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Provider background

Inpatient care

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who treats patients with a variety of diseases, including lung cancer, leukemia and sarcoma, among many others. My background includes bedside nursing experience in several specialties, such as emergency medicine, solid organ transplant and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). Prior to joining SCCA, I worked as a nurse practitioner with the Swedish Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. Now, I am a senior member of SCCA’s hematology-oncology platinum service. In this role, I exclusively manage patients who have been admitted to UW Medical Center. I work in close collaboration with inpatient and outpatient physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other staff to manage all aspects of your care. No matter your illness, I will help you navigate any issues that arise during your hospital stay and beyond.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Case Western Reserve University
Medical Degree
Case Western Reserve University
Board Certification
Nurse Practitioner, 2010, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Michelle received this peer-nominated award for his exceptional patient care.


Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Paul C. Hendrie, MD, PhD
Paul C. Hendrie, MD, PhD
Hematology, Medical Oncology
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.